Quick Quirky Quotes™ for Week of April 14, 2014

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“If you’re the designated driver, have fun with it. At the end of the night drop the people off at the wrong houses.” – Jeff Foxworthy

Keep Failing Until You Get It Right
“How do you get started in this business?” they ask.
“You go out and you fail.” – Stephen Colbert when comedians ask how they can break into the business

Choose One
“You have three choices in life: be good, get good, or give up.” – Gregory House, “House M.D.”

Plugging Away
“You never master anything. You just keep working at it.” – Denzel Washington to David Letterman on his hobby of boxing

Political Advisor
“I have too much respect for the truth to drag it out on every trifling occasion.” – Mark Twain



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Here’s a quick peek:

butt-dial, v. Smart ass.

consciously incompetent, adj. The second lowest level of competence. You’re stupid and you know it. Why the Dummies and Idiots books are so popular.

kiss off, v.t. The subject line on your email from your last job interview.

texting, v. Wrds wtht vwls. (Why texting isn’t big in Hawaii.)
“Dear Students: I know when you’re texting in class. Seriously, no one just looks down at their crotch and smiles. Sincerely, Your Teacher.” – Sign posted in high school class

unconsciously incompetent, n. The lowest level of competence. You’re stupid and you don’t know it. It’s when someone asks you to name the ten Supreme Court Justices and you actually come up with ten names.

unintended consequences. Didn’t see that coming! Your mind leaving you thoughtless and alone without telling you it was going.
“Oops!” – Embarrassed presidential contender, and Texas Governor, Rick Perry with his 53-second brain freeze unable to remember one of the three federal departments he wanted to abolish in a nationally televised GOP debate

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Do You Feel Lucky? Well…Do You?

Four leaf cloverPsychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman (Quirkology) did some research into luck. He wanted to find out if some people considered themselves lucky, while others considered themselves unlucky. In one experiment he gave volunteers copies of newspapers and asked them to count the number of photographs in them.

What he didn’t tell them is he had a page printed that said “Win £100 by Telling the Experimenter You Have Seen This.” The unlucky people were so focused on counting the pictures they never saw it. The lucky people were more relaxed and spotted the chance to win £100. Wiseman said it was “a simple demonstration of how lucky people can create their good fortune by making the most of an unexpected opportunity.”

The lesson? Set your goals, but keep your eyes open for the unexpected. The unexpected can happen at any time and will often be more rewarding.


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Jury consultant Jo-Ellan Dimitrius (Reading People) has a “personal hardness scale” to help make quick judgments about people. She asks if you’ve ever walked away from meeting someone thinking “What a jerk!” or “What a nice guy.” She said at one end of her scale, it’s “cold” and the other end is “hot”.

Cold people are uncaring, critical, intolerant, unforgiving, harsh, punitive, and self-centered. They’re analytical, scan the facts and make quick decisions. Their motto is “What’s in it for me?”

The hot people are compassionate, generous, fair, sincere, affectionate, gentle, forgiving, family-oriented, and understand human frailty. They give the benefit of the doubt, are patient, and inquisitive. They don’t want to hurt anyone and want to do the right thing.

Dimitrius said that if she can peg someone quickly on this scale, it tells her how they are likely to think and behave and how to communicate with them.

And that’s before you even open your mouth: Princeton psychologist Alex Todorov found that within 1/10 of a second of seeing your facial features, people have already made a judgment about whether or not they are attracted to you, if they can trust you, how competent you are, or even if they will like you as a person.